Hackers blackmail Domino's Pizza for $40,700 ransom(Read article summary)
Hackers from a group called Rex Mundi attacked Domino's operaitons in France and Belgium. The hacker group says it will not release customer information such as names, phone numbers, and addresses only if Domino's pays them $40,700.
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Domino’s Pizza operations in France and Belgium faced blackmail Monday after a group of hackers stole information from more than 600,000 customers.
The group, Rex Mundi, said in a dpaste.de post that they hacked into servers of Domino’s Pizza France and Belgium. Rex Mundi stole information such as customers’ full names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, passwords, and delivery instructions. The attack affects more than 592,000 French customers and 58,000 Belgian customers.
No customer credit card or financial information was compromised since Domino’s France and Belgium use a system that is “a bit outdated” and that doesn’t accept credit card orders, Domino’s vice president of communications Tim McIntyre writes the Monitor via e-mail . The hack also didn’t affect stores outside of France and Belgium, Mr. McIntyre adds.
Red Mundi wants 30,000 euros, or about $40,700 in US dollars, by Monday 8 p.m. CEST (which has already passed) in exchange for not releasing customers’ information. There are not any plans for Domino’s to pay, McIntyre says.
The pizza chain isn’t the only company to recently become a victim of hackers who want money. RSS aggregator Feedly suffered from three distributed denial of service attacks last week.
"The attacker is trying to extort us money to make it stop," Feedly’s founders wrote in a blog post. "We refused to give in and are working with our network providers to mitigate the attack as best as we can."
Although not all hackers hold companies' data or websites for ransom, there has been a recent wave of cyber attacks. Note-taking software Evernote faced a distributed denial of service attack the same day as Feedly. Various websites associated with the World Cup have also faced cyber attacks from various hackers, according to Reuters.